Why The Seychelles are a Dream Destination…

Have you ever been to the Seychelles? Famous for their white sand beaches and natural wonders spread across 115 islands, there are many reasons why they are such a dream destination…

Culinary delights in the Seychelles

The Seychelles are renowned for their distinctive Coco de Mer coconuts but the Creole cooking is equally delicious. Try the fish baked in banana leaves, coconut curries, grilled octopus and red snapper dishes. Breadfruit is another popular ingredient, prepared savoury or sweet. Drinks wise, there are several local beers or you might like the palm wine.

Coco de mer, Seychelles
Cultural attractions

They know how to party in the Seychelles and if you can possibly time your visit to coincide with the International Carnival of Victoria then definitely do. The next one will be held from 22-24 April 2018. Festival Kreol celebrates Creole heritage and will take place from 23 to 29 October 2017, while the Seychelles Ocean Festival will be held at the beginning of December. There’s also the Seychelles Sailing Cup in January and the International Fishing Competition in November. Visitors at any time of year will enjoy seeing typical tea plantations and Hindu temples including Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple in Victoria.

Seychelles temple
Luxurious getaway

From secluded private islands to family-friendly villas, Seychelles holidays offer a range of different accommodation options. Honeymooners are spoilt for choice with a range of luxurious hotels and spa fans will appreciate the range of different wellness activities. If you have several weeks, consider a two centre stay and island-hopping from Mahé to La Digue or Praslin.

Seychelles honeymoonNature in abundance

Almost 50% of the landmass in the Seychelles is a national park or reserve, with many rare species. Unlike in many parts of the world where the eggs of hawksbill turtles can be snatched by predators, they can safely lay them during the day in the Seychelles. Visitors to the islands should keep a look out for the Seychelles warbler bird and the Red Fody with its colourful plumage.

Birds in Seychelles
Watersports paradise

The diving in the Seychelles is second to none and whether you prefer scuba diving or snorkelling, there’s plenty of marine life to spot. With 6 national marine parks dotted around the islands, the diversity is impressive. Head to Baie Ternay for the abundant coral and reef fish and to Curieuse for the humphead parrotfish and hawksbill turtles. At times, the temperature can reach 29ºC with visibility over 30 metres!

Seychelles sea turtle
White sand beaches

Of course, we couldn’t finish without mentioning those pristine white sand beaches again! I’m dreaming of being on this one right now. Some of the best beaches can be found on the islands of Praslin and La Digue. It was once thought that the Seychelles were the location of the Garden of Eden, and the shoreline here is certainly heavenly.

Seychelles white sand beach

Know before you go

Environment – collecting seashells is prohibited in marine parks and nature reserves. A certificate is required for all flora.

Money – credit cards, in particular MasterCard/Access and Visa are widely accepted. There are ATM facilities at some banks as well as at the airport on Mahé and Praslin. The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee.

Plug sockets: 240 volts AC, 50Hz

Tipping – not obligatory as a 5-10% service charge is generally already included by taxis, hotels and restaurants.

Weather – the Seychelles have a tropical climate, so it’s pleasant all year round. If you’re keen on swimming, diving and snorkelling then April to May and October to November are ideal. Those who enjoy sailing will appreciate the light winds from May to September.

We hope that we’ve inspired you to visit the Seychelles and if you have been already, we’d love to hear your tips for first time visitors!

Why Visit the Seychelles?

This post was brought to you in association with luxury travel service Emirates Holidays UK 

  • You’ve certainly inspired me to visit The Seychelles Suze! My dad spent 6 years travelling round the world in the 70s and the one location he never stops talking about is The Seychelles! My plan is to visit in the next 12 months and take him with him. His stories from 40 years ago are fascinating. I never realised quite how many festivals they have either so I will definitely try and time my visit well!

    • Suze

      What a lovely idea, to go there on a trip with your Dad! If you can time your visit for one of the festivals that would be even better

  • Mike C

    The Seychelles look just as I imagined, stunning! It’s nice to see there is more to the country than just amazing beaches. The wildlife and landscapes look very inviting.

    • Suze

      I was impressed to hear how the wildlife is so well preserved. Whilst I enjoy lying on a beach, it’s nice to have unspoiled nature to explore too!

  • The Seychelles is definitely on my wish list!!

    • Suze

      Great place for a romantic holiday, isn’t it!

  • Jenni Sheldon

    The Seychelles looks amazing and is definitely on my list of dream destinations. I didn’t realise t had things such as temples though that looks pretty cool too. Your pictures are amazing makes me want to go and book a flight right now.

    • Suze

      I’m so pleased that it’s inspired you, Jenni – and I hope that you get the chance to visit! The temples are really colourful and a fascinating part of the culture

  • wow what a dream indeed! reminds me of Zanzibar with the beaches and the turtles

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    • Suze

      I haven’t been to Zanzibar itself although we did get to Tanzania where we actually helped baby turtles get into the sea – amazing experience! The Seychelles are a great place to get involved in turtle watching too although the babies don’t need a helping hand here as there are less predators

  • Omg such paradise would be an amazing place to go on honeymoon

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Suze

      Isn’t it perfect for honeymooners! There are some really romantic hotels and beaches

  • My parents love the Seychelles although I personally haven’t been yet. I can’t wait to go!

    • Suze

      Maybe you can make a family trip there!

  • I would absolutely love to visit the Seychelles at some point!! The beaches look so gorgeous as does the water!


    • Suze

      The water is a beautiful shade, so clear and you can see the fish very easily

  • We went 2 years ago and absolutely loved those boulder lined beaches!

    • Suze

      The boulders are really distinctive, such gorgeous beaches

  • Nina

    I hope one day I visit the Seychelles. AMazing photos.

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    • Suze

      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading about it, Nina

  • Joseph Humphreys

    Your photos are absolutely stunning 🙂 The Seychelles are most definitely on my list. They have pretty much everything to appeal to a wide variety of people, whatever you’re looking for 🙂

    • Suze

      It’s true that they have really wide appeal, and I hope that you get to visit soon!

  • sophie

    The Seychelles is definitely on my wishlist it is perfect for a romantic holiday! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

    • Suze

      I agree, they’re definitely an ideal place for a romantic vacay! Glad you enjoyed reading

  • Neha Verma

    The pristine beaches are enough for me to be attracted to seychelles. It is very high on my bucket list. When I finally visit here, i will also try out the other things that you listed here.

    • Suze

      So pleased that you’ve found the article helpful, Neha – have a great weekend

  • I’m convinced, it looks truly divine! 🙂 Great post!

    • Suze

      Glad that I’ve convinced you to visit, you won’t be disappointed

  • A heavenly place which I hope to visit some day. Warm greetings.

    • Suze

      I hope that you get the chance! Thanks for stopping by

  • The Seychelles look stunning. Those beaches are out of this world and I love Creole food so it seems the Seychelles must be my kind of place!

    • Suze

      Creole food is delicious isn’t it! I’m a sucker for a white sand beach too

  • Julie Laundis

    I have always been more attracted to the Seychelles than the Maldives for some reason – the big smooth rocks in the water look so gorgeous. How long would you recommend staying ?

    • Suze

      Hi Julie, I think at least 2 weeks is ideal in the Seychelles but any time is great

  • Lucy

    The Seychelles has been on the want list for a while and this makes me want to go even more Lucy x (FoodieForce)